Foo Fighters say they will continue as a “different band in the future” after the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The rock band featuring Dave Grohl took to social media on New Year’s Eve to share a heartfelt message about the challenges of 2022 and a glimpse of what the future holds for the group.
“As we bid farewell to the most difficult and tragic year our band has ever known, we are reminded how grateful we are for the people we love and cherish most, and for the loved ones who are no longer with us. to be.” the Foos began their statement on Twitter.
“Foo Fighters were founded 27 years ago to represent the healing power of music and a continuation of life. And over the past 27 years, our fans have built a global community, a dedicated support system that has helped us all get through the darkest times together. A place to share our joys and our pains, our hopes and fears, and to participate in a chorus of life together through music. Without Taylor we would never have become the band we were – and without Taylor we know we will be a different band in the future.
The band continued, “We also know that you, the fans, meant as much to Taylor as he did to you. And we know that when we see you again – and we will soon – he will be there in our thoughts every evening with all of us.
At the end of March, the beloved Foos drummer was found dead in his hotel room in Bogotá, Colombia. He was 50. Hawkins’ death was announced via a social media statement from the band’s accounts, with no direct cause of death.
“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins,” the statement said. “His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on with us forever.”
Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997 after the departure of original drummer William Goldsmith.
Hawkins had previously enjoyed a stint in Alanis Morissette’s band while touring in support of her juggernaut Knurled little pill album. His first album with the Foos was a multi-platinum success The color and the shape.
In the months following Hawkins’ death, Foo Fighters staged a few all-star tribute concerts in memory of the late drummer. The shows, which took place in London and Los Angeles, featured performances by Travis Barker, Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Liam Gallagher, Lars Ulrich and dozens more.
Read the full Foo Fighters year-end message for 2022 on Twitter below.
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